Other UCLA Events

Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM PDT: Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh and the Palimpsests of Conflict, Violence, and Memory, a one-day International Conference in collaboration with the UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, the UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights, the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Society for Armenian Studies, and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), online event via Zoom video conferencing

The recent premeditated initiation of war by Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh has led to hundreds of deaths to date, including many civilians, as well as the destruction of homes and cultural monuments. The war has also triggered the fabrication of false and misleading narratives on social media and by media outlets themselves regarding the conflict’s origins, causes, and possible future directions. Organized by the Armenian Studies Center at UCLA's Promise Armenian Institute, this zoom-held international conference on the region's troubled history seeks to raise critical awareness of the complex and variegated history behind the current violence. The gathering will be the first of its kind to frame the conflict around its “deep” history, revealing its Soviet, Ottoman, and more recent geopolitical layers. It brings together scholars and seasoned experts to explore different dimensions of the conflict from Soviet nationality policy to the place of the late Ottoman Empire in the region’s history and its lingering contribution to the recent violence. The renowned American philosopher Dr. Cornel West will deliver a special address titled "Words in Solidarity" at the beginning of the conference.  For more details>>

 

Monday, November 2, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT: CISA Feature Speaker: Sienna Craig on "Care and Belonging at The Ends of Kinship: Himalayan Lives Between Nepal and New York," online event via Zoom video conferencing

For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad and Mustang-based tourism have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City are reshaping lives and social worlds. Mustang has experienced one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal—a profoundly visible depopulation that contrasts with the relative invisibility of Himalayan migrants in New York. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork with people in and from Mustang, this book on which this presentation is based combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to engage with foundational questions in cultural anthropology: How do different generations abide with and understand each other? How are traditions defended and transformed in the context of new mobilities? Craig draws on khora – Tibetan Buddhist concepts of cyclic existence as well as the daily act of circumambulating the sacred – to think about cycles of movement and patterns of world-making, shedding light on how kinship remains both firm and flexible in the face of migration. From a high Himalayan kingdom to the streets of Brooklyn and Queens, The Ends of Kinship asks how individuals, families, and communities care for each other and carve out spaces of belonging in and through diaspora, at the nexus of environmental, economic, and cultural transformation. This presentation will engage with these issues and also discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of those from Mustang, between Nepal and New York. Hosted by the Center for India and South Asia.  For more details>>

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 6:00 PM PDT: Future of Anthropology Panel 8: Indigenous Rights and Heritage Laws: Wenner-Gren's Webinar Series on the Future of Anthropology: Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment, online event via Zoom video conferencing

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was ratified in 2007. It was a product of a long and slow process that started in 1982 with the establishment of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. A draft declaration was submitted in 1994, which became the basis for several state parties establishing statutes on the rights of Indigenous populations. In the Asia Pacific, countries that have a long history of colonialism adopted measures to provide some form of redress to the injustices received by Indigenous groups. These statutes were based on the 1994 draft declaration, which predated the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as local regulations. In this panel, we discuss various issues that Indigenous groups have experienced since the ratification of Indigenous Peoples rights laws in different countries. We provide examples from Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, and Cambodia. The panel discusses how these laws have empowered Indigenous groups and how the lessons from the last 20 years could help strengthen these statutes. Panelists: Teddy Baguilat (Indigenous Conserved Communities Areas); Awi Mona (National Taiwan University); Claire Charters (University of Auckland). Moderator: Marcelle Burns (University of New England). Hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Asia Pacific Center.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 6, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT: Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Please join us in a conversation online (over Zoom) with the book author of Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset. Citizenship 2.0 focuses on an important yet overlooked dimension of globalization: the steady rise in the legitimacy and prevalence of dual citizenship. Demand for dual citizenship is particularly high in Latin America and Eastern Europe, where more than three million people have obtained a second citizenship from EU countries or the United States. Most citizenship seekers acquire EU citizenship by drawing on their ancestry or ethnic origin; others secure U.S. citizenship for their children by strategically planning their place of birth. Their aim is to gain a second, compensatory citizenship that would provide superior travel freedom, broader opportunities, an insurance policy, and even a status symbol. Drawing on extensive interviews and fieldwork, Yossi Harpaz analyzes three cases: Israelis who acquire citizenship from European-origin countries such as Germany or Poland; Hungarian-speaking citizens of Serbia who obtain a second citizenship from Hungary (and, through it, EU citizenship); and Mexicans who give birth in the United States to secure American citizenship for their children. Harpaz reveals the growth of instrumental attitudes toward citizenship: individuals worldwide increasingly view nationality as rank within a global hierarchy rather than as a sanctified symbol of a unique national identity. Citizenship 2.0 sheds light on a fascinating phenomenon that is expected to have a growing impact on national identity, immigration, and economic inequality. Hosted by the Center for Study of International Migration.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:30 - 10:45 AM PDT: Hmong Refugee Epistemologies: Secrecy, Fugitivity, and Refusal, online event via Zoom video conferencing

During its secret war in Laos (1961–1975), the United States recruited proxy soldiers among the Hmong people. Following the war, many of these Hmong soldiers and displaced Hmong migrated to the United States with refugee status. This talk examines the experiences of Hmong refugees in the United States to theorize refugee histories and secrecy. The talk shows how Hmong refugees tell their stories in ways that exist separately from narratives of US empire and that cannot be traditionally archived. Highlighting examples of the refugee soldier, Hmong women’s narratives, and Hmong American literature, the talk outlines a methodology for writing histories that foreground refugee epistemologies despite systematic attempts to silence those histories. Hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:00 AM PDT: Why He Won and the Impact on the Middle East:
An Online Event with Washington Insiders via Zoom Video Conferencing

Whether Biden or Trump wins on November 3rd, or there is no result soon after, the outcome will undoubtedly shape US and Middle East relations for years to come. Please join The Center for Middle East Development for a memorable post-election discussion, when Washington analysts will share their insights concerning the results of the election and the impact for the future of the US and the Middle East. Hosted by the Center for Middle East Development, UCLA International Institute, Burkle Center for International Relations and the Department of Public Policy.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT: Can Social Democracy Save America? Examining a Millennium of Nordic Fiction to Evaluate the Cultural Exportability of the Scandinavian Political Model: CERS graduate student lecture by Mads Larsen (UCLA, Germanic Languages/Scandinavian Section), online event via Zoom video conferencing

As the past decade built toward today’s cultural-political crisis, the Nordic Model was frequently suggested as an alternative that could reform capitalism. When a majority of young Americans express that they would prefer socialism, they do not long for Soviet or Cuban style politics, but something akin to Scandinavian social democracy. As other regions spiral downward with civil unrest, widening inequalities, and political despondency, the Nordic countries remain a relative oasis, for which income equality, gender equality, low-conflict politics, and prosperous economies with generous benefits contribute to high levels of happiness and general wellbeing. This lecture examines influential works of fiction to trace the Nordic cultural evolution from the Viking Age onward, to evaluate whether social democracy could be suitable for universal export, or if its political practices are likely only to work well within a Scandinavian context. By analyzing the mechanisms through which fiction has helped communities adapt to change in the past, we see how made-up tales could help humanity adapt to disruptions from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well, which could become humanity’s greatest challenge. Hosted by the Center for European and Russian Studies. 
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:30 - 4:45 PM PDT: The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Jeremy Pressman, associate professor of Political Science and director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, will discuss his timely new book, The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force. Drawing on historical evidence from the 1950s, the book presents and challenges the dominant belief that the use of military force leads to triumph while negotiations and concessions lead to defeat and further unwelcome challenges. The author draws on speeches, statements, and various documents to assess the usefulness of force and negotiations in the Arab and Israeli conflict. Hosted by Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.  For more details>>

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT: Democracy and Brazil: Collapse and Regression: A quarter of a century of political stability in Brazil came to an end with the 2016 impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the 2018 election of the far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency. Where does Brazil go from here? Online event via Zoom video conferencing

The relative political stability that characterized Brazilian politics in the 2000s ended with the sudden emergence of a series of massive protests in 2013, followed by the controversial impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018. In this new, more conservative period in Brazilian politics, a series of institutional reforms deepened the distance between citizens and representatives. Brazil's current political crisis cannot be understood without reference to the continual growth of right-wing and ultra-right discourse, on the one hand, and to the neoliberal ideology that pervades the minds of large parts of the Brazilian elite, on the other. Join us for a discussion with three of the editors and contributors to this exciting new edited volume on Brazil’s contemporary “de-democratization” process. Panelists: Bernardo Bianchi, Centre Marc Bloch, co-editor; Patricia Rangel, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, co-editor; Flávia Rios, Universidade Federal Fluminense, contributor; Jorge Chaloub, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, co-editor. Hosted by the Center for Brazilian Studies and the Latin American Institute.  
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Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM PDT: Transnational Asia and Regional Networks: Toward a Political Economy of East Asia and Southeast Asia: Lecture by Hong Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, online event via Zoom video conferencing 

Dr. Hong Liu is presently Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. He received his PhD in History and Asian Studies from Ohio University. He was Chair Professor of East Asian Studies and Founding Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester from 2006 to 2010, Chair of NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Science from 2011 to 2017, and Chair of School of Social Sciences from 2017 to 2020. Since 2014, he has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at NTU. Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, and global talent management. In addition to serving as a co-chief editor of Journal of Chinese Overseas (Brill) and Public Governance in Asia (Routledge), he has authored/edited 18 books and about 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. His publications also appear in the Chinese, French, Dutch, Japanese, Indonesian and Korean languages. His most recent publications include An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational Knowledge Transfer (co-edited with Ting-Yan Wang; Routledge, 2020) and Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820-1980 (co-author with Gregor Benton; University of California Press, 2018). Hosted by the Asia Pacific Center and the Center for Study of International Migration.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT: Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Please join us in a conversation online (over Zoom) with the book author of Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump. Within days of taking office, President Donald J. Trump published or announced changes to immigration law and policy. These changes have profoundly shaken the lives and well-being of immigrants and their families, many of whom have been here for decades, and affected the work of the attorneys and advocates who represent or are themselves part of the immigrant community. Banned examines the tool of discretion, or the choice a government has to protect, detain, or deport immigrants, and describes how the Trump administration has wielded this tool in creating and executing its immigration policy. Hosted by the Center for Study of International Migration.  For more details >>

 

Monday, November 16 – Friday, November 20, 2020, International Education Week 2020, Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Management.

The UCLA International Institute will lead an online UCLA campus celebration of International Education Week (IEW) this fall. UCLA is planning an array of informative and entertaining activities to celebrate international education and exchange at UCLA such as career events and webinars, cultural performances, and international student activities. More details will be posted here soon.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT: Big Food and Small Fisher in Sweden: Fighting the system with direct marketing? CERS lecture by Maris Gillette (University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies, Anthropology), online event via Zoom video conferencing

Many argue that “alternative food networks” (AFNs), which connect producers and consumers, keep economic and environmental costs and gains local, transfer knowledge about food and production within the network, and promote more ethical relations between humans and between humans and nature, subvert the environmentally and socially deleterious agri-industrial food system. Described in the language of sustainable materialism, AFNs constitute material flows, human-human-nature relationships, and collective formations that combat the forces which produce “industrial eaters” (Schlosberg and Coles 2016, p.169; see also Schlosberg and Craven 2019). Fish and seafood have entered AFNs more slowly than agricultural products, but this development is gaining attention. In Sweden, media and research reports acclaim small-scale coastal fishers who sell their catches directly to private individuals, restaurants, shops, and institutional clients (e.g., Egle 2019; Hultman et al. 2018). In this study we use the framework of sustainable materialism to examine Swedish small-scale coastal fishers who sell fish directly to clients, asking how and if the practice contributes to creating a sustainable food system. Our results show that the direct marketing of fish in the Swedish context has both shortcomings and benefits: it occurs a tiny scale and poses significant challenges to small-scale fishers, while it also strengthens fishers’ relations with non-fishers, provides a channel for transmitting knowledge about fish and marine environments, and facilitates some sustainable consumption. We argue that Swedish direct marketing of fish must be repositioned in thicker social and institutional arrangements that can spread laterally and be networked to unleash the practice’s potential. Hosted by the Center for European and Russian Studies.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT: Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives At Israel's Margins, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Sarah S. Willen, an associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, will discuss her new book, Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives At Israel's Margins, which received the Association for Israel Studies Award for Best Book in Israel Studies in 2019. Willen's book explores what happened when the Israeli government launched an expensive and controversial deportation campaign targeting migrants from West Africa, the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere. Hosted by Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.  For more details>>

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:00 PM PDT: Future of Anthropology Panel 10. Tying Ends Together: Translating Engagement and Empowerment: Wenner-Gren's Webinar Series on the Future of Anthropology: Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Various examples of community engagement from multiple regions in the Asia Pacific were discussed in this webinar series. Collaboration between researchers and community members highlighted the empowering nature of such partnership. This panel will discuss the lessons learned from these examples and propose means to translate the outcomes of community involvement in research/development projects into concrete programs that will further enable Indigenous/local communities to take control of their heritage and intellectual properties. In addition, the panel will discuss how these collaborations can influence curricular development, policy changes, and institutionalizing of community involvement. Panelists provide examples from their respective works in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. Panelists: Georgina Lloyd (UNEP); Khylee Quince (Auckland University of Technology); Marcelle Burns (University of New England); Neyooxet Greymorning (University of Montana. Moderator: Dada Docot (Purdue University). Hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Asia Pacific Center.  For more details>>

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:00 PM PDT: A Foe of Injustice and Prejudice: Srpuhi Dussap and the Foundations of Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Armenian Feminist Thought: Lecture with Melissa Bilal (UCLA), online event via Zoom video conferencing

Melissa Bilal is Distinguished Research Fellow at UCLA Center for Near East Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Ethnomusicology. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Boğaziçi University, and the American University of Armenia (where she still serves as a member of the core team developing the Gender Studies program). Dr. Bilal received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology at Boğaziçi University and earned her Ph.D. in Music from the University of Chicago. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music at Columbia University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. Her recent publications include “Lullabies and the Memory of Pain: Armenian Women’s Remembrance of the Past in Turkey” (Dialectical Anthropology 2019, 43/2), an article that reads Armenian women’s lullabies and narratives of the past as reserves of an affective memory and discusses their potential to critique the neoliberal memory politics in Turkey; Voice Imprints: Recordings of Russian Armenian POWs in German Camps, 1916-1918 (Berlin Staatliche Museen, 2020), a CD project that aims to bring Armenian experience in relation to musicology’s colonial past into public audibility; My Heart is like those Ruined Houses: Gomidas Vartabed's Musical Legacy (with Burcu Yıldız, 2019), a volume in Turkish on one of the founders of modern Musicology. Hosted by the Center for Near Eastern Studies.  
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:00 - 5:00 PM PDT: Global Movements Against Racial Capitalism: Conversation Across Latin America and Asia and the Pacific: Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives Webinar Series: Christine Hong, Anne Garland Mahler, online event via Zoom video conferencing

How are struggles against anti-black racism in the United States connected to a longer history of global movements against racial capitalism? This event features two distinguished scholars who will discuss the stakes of transnational solidarity politics for racial and decolonial liberation in Latin America and across Asia and the Pacific. Their talks highlight the origins and the need to internationalize the fight against racism in the context of Cold War militarism and US empire-building abroad as well as grassroots struggles for racial justice at home. They also highlight the rich political traditions and histories of radical Black artists and intellectuals in engaging with and advancing emancipatory movements against racial capitalism around the world. Hosted by the Center for Korean Studies and the UCLA Program on Caribbean Studies. 
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:00 - 6:30 PM PDT: Chinese Encounters with Foreign Comparative Law: Talk by Samuli Seppänen, Chinese University of Hong Kong, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Do Chinese comparatists experience “radical difference” and its side effects—self-doubt, suspicion of cultural bias, and feelings of inadequacy—when they research American and European law? This talk examines Chinese legal scholars’ encounters with foreign comparative law. Chinese legal scholars’ attitudes to difference (and similarity) can be explained as reflections of these scholars’ ideological projects. Describing American and European legal systems in terms of similarity rather than difference supports Chinese law reformers’ efforts to advance and defend Western-style legal institutions in China. Conversely, conservative socialist and neoconservative Chinese scholars who resist Western-style legal and political reforms seek to emphasize cultural, social, and political differences between China and the West. Comparative law therefore allows legal scholars to relate to foreign law in various, ideologically meaningful ways. This talk, finally, discusses Chinese efforts to export knowledge about the Chinese legal system to China’s development partners. Hosted by the Center for Chinese Studies.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT: Soviet Anti-Semitisms: A Lecture with J. Arch Getty, online event via Zoom video conferencing

The Wende Museum and the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies present a lecture by Arch Getty, Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of California. Hosted by the Center for European and Russian Studies and the Wende Museum.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT: The President and Immigration Law, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Please join us in a conversation online (over Zoom) with the book authors of The President and Immigration Law. Who controls American immigration policy? The biggest immigration controversies of the last decade have all involved policies produced by the President — policies such as President Obama's decision to protect Dreamers from deportation and President Trump's proclamation banning immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations. While critics of these policies have been separated by a vast ideological chasm, their broadsides have embodied the same widely shared belief: that Congress, not the President, ought to dictate who may come to the United States and who will be forced to leave. Hosted by the Center for Study of International Migration.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 20, 2020 12:10 - 1:10 PM PDT: The UN Security Council Veto and Atrocity Crimes, online event via Zoom video conferencing

In this one hour webinar, former US war crimes Ambassador David Scheffer and Mohammad Al Abdallah, Executive Director of the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center, will discuss Jennifer Trahan’s new book: Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes with Professor Trahan herself. With a particular focus on the situation in Syria, the panel will discuss the use of the UN Security Council veto to block action in the face of atrocities and the impact this has had in Syria. It will go on to consider whether there are legal limits on the use of the veto in the case of ongoing crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and how these limits might be enforced.The discussion will be moderated by Professor Aslı Ü. Bâli of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law. Co-sponsored by UCLA Law International and Comparative Law Program, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, and UCLA International Institute - International Education Week 2020.  For more details>>

 

Friday, November 20, 2020 5:00 – 7:30 PM PDT – Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM PDT: International Symposium on Global Chinese Entrepreneurship, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Global Chinese entrepreneurship, diasporic Chinese entrepreneurship in particular, is a long-standing phenomenon for scholarly research. The historian and sinologist Gungwu Wang created a pyramid concept of Chinese migration with huashang (华商 meaning Chinese merchants and traders) as the foundation. Historically and in contemporary times, entrepreneurship has been a vital aspect of diasporic Chinese life and crucial for understanding Chinese migration, diasporic formation, and ancestral homeland/hometown development. This symposium aims to investigate the phenomenon further. We are particularly interested in: identifying the distinct patterns in diasporic Chinese entrepreneurship in historical and comparative perspectives and the relations between diasporic Chinese entrepreneurs and their ancestral homeland/hometowns; tracking the global and local forces that have transformed the ways in which Chinese migrants start and run their businesses in different national or transnational settings; the importance of local and transnational networks in business; the causes and consequences of entrepreneurship that are distinctly Chinese or are based on sub-ethnic identity; and the ways in which the understanding of global Chinese entrepreneurship would shed light on the general phenomenon of ethnic/immigrant entrepreneurship. Sponsored by the Center for Global Management, Asia Pacific Center, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies (CCES), Tsinghua University, China; Contemporary China Research Cluster and the University of Hong Kong.  For more details>>

 

Monday, November 23, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT: Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Nahshon Perez, senior lecturer in Political Science at Bar Ilan University, and Yuval Jobani, senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, discuss their new book, Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites (Oxford University Press, 2020). The book blends politics and history in an examination of holy places world-wide, including the Western Wall (Jerusalem), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem), and the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif (Jerusalem). Hosted by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the Center for the Study of Religion and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:30 - 11:00 AM PDT: A Panel Discussion on Protest Cycles and Repression in Iran, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Peyman Jafari will moderate a conversation with panelists Narges Bajoghli, Manata Hashemi, and M. Ali Kadviar on recent protests in Iran. They will reflect on the social makeup of the protests, nature of the grievances, and the State’s harsh repression of the protest movements. The panelists will also reflect on Iran's protests in relation to global protests and the rise of social justice in the region. Hosted by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and NYU - Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:00 PM PDT: (In)Visibles: Personal Identity and Social Inclusion: Join us for a debate about civil registration and inclusion in Latin America. The guest presentations will be in Portuguese and Spanish, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Latin America has achieved encouraging results in addressing the under-registration of births. However, access to personal documentation continues to be a barrier for vulnerable groups. Without identification papers, individuals cannot access basic public services and their fundamental rights are violated. Does this supposed invisibility benefit State bureaucracy? What is the role documents play on inclusion and exclusion of people? How to identify individuals in digital platforms while protecting their privacy? These and other questions will guide our debate about civil registration and inclusion in Latin America. Speakers: Judge Raquel Chrispino, São João do Meriti, Rio de Janeiro, recipient of the 2013 Brazilian Human Rights Award - Presentation: "Access to Identity Papers and the Protection of Human Rights"; Cláudio Machado, Consultant for development agencies on reform of civil registration and identification systems in Brazil and Lusophone African countries - Presentation: “Identity Papers into the Labyrinth of Bureaucracy”; Arturo Muente Kunigami, expert on civil registration, identity, and digital government for the Interamerican Development Bank - Presentation: “Digital Identity in Latin America.” Hosted by the Center for Brazilian Studies, Latin American Institute and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT: Contesting the National Beverage: Wine, Beer, and the Battle over ‘Foreign' Tastes and Habits in Interwar Italy: CERS Lecture by Brian J Griffith (UCLA, History), online event via Zoom video conferencing

This paper analyzes the struggles between the Italian winemaking and brewing industries over the shaping of bourgeois Italian tastes and habits during the interwar decades. During the early 1920s, Fascist Italy’s Industrial Wine Lobby began unveiling a wide range of public relations and collective marketing campaigns, which were aimed at forging new ‘fashions’ or trendy collective practices among the country’s wayward middle- and upper-class consumers. The pro-wine lobby’s efforts, however, were obstructed by a variety of political and commercial challenges, including a growing competition with various 'foreign' beverage industries, such as coffee, cocktails, and, above all, beer. Between 1929 and 1931, Italian brewers’ commercial lobbying organization, the National Beer Propaganda Consortium, launched two ambitious collective marketing campaigns of their own, which were centered on discursively intertwining the beverage’s consumption with bourgeois sociability, domesticity, and 'Italian' identity. Unwilling to yield any commercial ground to domestic brewers, Italy's Industrial Wine Lobby launched a follow-up, and wide-ranging collective marketing campaign in order to both defend 'the world’s vineyard' from the 'invasion' of 'semi-barbarian' preferences, as one wine lobbyist colorfully phrased it in 1935, and, equally as important, reposition Italian wine as a wholesome and fashionable ‘national beverage’ within the eyes of the peninsula’s middle- and upper-classes. By exploring these industries' conflicts over the definition and articulation of 'Italian' taste and style during Fascism's twenty years in power in Italy, this study aims to shed further light on the myriad, and oftentimes complex, relationships between popular consumption, industrial 'fashion' dynamics, and national identity. Hosted by the Center for European and Russian Studies.  For more details>>

 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 04:00 PM PDT: China and the Asian World: A Contemporary History: Lecture by Prasenjit Duara, Duke University, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Born and educated in India, he received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was Professor and chairman of History at University of Chicago (1991-2008) and Raffles Professor and Director of Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (2008-2015). He was the President of the American Association for Asian Studies (2019-20). His books include Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press) winner of Fairbank Prize of the AHA and Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA, Rescuing History from the Nation (U Chicago 1995), Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman 2003) and The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge 2014). He was awarded the doctor philosophiae honoris causa from the University of Oslo in 2017. Hosted by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center, the Center for Study of International Migration and the Center for Chinese Studies.  
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Friday, December 4, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT: Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation, online event via Zoom video conferencing

Please join us in a conversation online (over Zoom) with the book authors of Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation. Migranthood chronicles deportation from the perspectives of Indigenous youth who migrate unaccompanied from Guatemala to Mexico and the United States. In communities of origin in Guatemala, zones of transit in Mexico, detention centers for children in the U.S., government facilities receiving returned children in Guatemala, and communities of return, young people share how they negotiate everyday violence and discrimination, how they and their families prioritize limited resources and make difficult decisions, and how they develop and sustain relationships over time and space. Anthropologist Lauren Heidbrink shows that Indigenous youth cast as objects of policy, not participants, are not passive recipients of securitization policies and development interventions. Instead, Indigenous youth draw from a rich social, cultural, and political repertoire of assets and tactics to navigate precarity and marginality in Guatemala, including transnational kin, social networks, and financial institutions. By attending to young people's perspectives, we learn the critical roles they play as contributors to household economies, local social practices, and global processes. The insights and experiences of young people uncover the transnational effects of securitized responses to migration management and development on individuals and families, across space, citizenship status, and generation. They likewise provide evidence to inform child protection and human rights locally and internationally. Hosted by the Center for Study of International Migration.  For more details>>

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:30 – 11:00 AM PDT: Global Uprising: Inequality, Corruption, Financialization with Pınar Bedirhanoğlu (Middle East Technical University), Nils Gilman (Berggruen Institute), Adam Hanieh (SOAS), and Discussant Aaron Jakes (The New School), online event via Zoom video conferencing

The aim of this panel is to bring into our larger conversation on Global Uprising experts who have studied closely fiscal and banking systems in the Middle East and consider the manner in which their (mis)management have both triggered and responded to popular movements, protest, and civil unrest. The conversation may center around questions such as, “How effectively have uprisings met the challenge of financialization, kleptocracy, and corruption in the last decade? What responses to the various fiscal crises may prove more effective in the future? Whether and how can the forces arrayed in these uprisings engage more substantively in the language of banking and finance?” Hosted by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and NYU - Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.  For more details>>

 

Friday, December 11, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT: The Third Force and Exiled Chinese Intellectuals in Hong Kong: 1950-1963:  Hong Kong Studies Lecture by Angelina Chin (Pomona College), online event via Zoom video conferencing

The Third Force is a little-known political movement based in Hong Kong during the Cold War era. Formed primarily by male intellectuals who escaped to Hong Kong in the late 1940s, the Third Force in Hong Kong relied on overseas connections, using limited funds to operate publications and arrange meetings. Members of the third force shared a sense of disillusionment with both the CCP and the GMD and perceived the colonized city of Hong Kong as a refuge in which they could organize dissident political activities and articulate their visions for a better China. Unlike the refugees who later settled in Hong Kong, however, these activists seldom referred to Hong Kong as their “home.” Examining the publications published by the Third Force alliance, this presentation analyzes how Hong Kong functioned as an international production center for cultural and political critiques of China. Although the movement only had few tangible political accomplishments before its disappearance in the mid-1960s, its work in shaping the diasporic aspirations for democracy inspired the minds of future generations of activists in Hong Kong and abroad. Hosted by the Asia Pacific Center.  For more details>>